2017-2019 AFSA Governing Board
Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President
Barbara Stephenson has served as president of AFSA since July 2015. As Dean of the Leadership School at FSI (2013-2015), she launched a Department-wide dialogue—the Leadership Roundtable—to improve leadership and management to unleash the tremendous talent at State. She served previously as Ambassador to Panama and DCM/Chargé in London. She won a Distinguished Honor Award for delivering the “civilian surge” to Iraq—without breaking the back of the Foreign Service. She also served as Consul General in Belfast and CG and COM in Curaçao and received a Superior Honor Award for her work on the peace agreement in El Salvador. With over thirty years of service, she entered as a political officer and has since served interfunctionally, meeting the needs of the Service whenever and wherever called.
In her second term, Ambassador Stephenson will work to seize every opportunity presented by these challenging times to make the Foreign Service stronger in fact and in reputation. She will also continue efforts to improve governance at AFSA to ensure that member dues are used as efficiently and effectively as possible for the benefit of the Foreign Service.
Earl Anthony Wayne served as a U.S. diplomat from 1975 to 2015. The U.S. Senate confirmed him as a Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, in 2010. He is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Non-Resident Advisor at the Atlantic Council and at the Center for Security and International Studies. Wayne is an advisor for HSBC Bank in Mexico and Latin America on countering illicit finance. In addition to his new post a AFSA Treasurer, Wayne chairs the PAC of the American Foreign Service Association.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (2011-15), Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs and Deputy U.S. Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan (2009-2011), and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (2006-2009). Wayne has also worked for three Secretaries of State as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (EB) (2000-2006). Prior to his service with EB, Wayne worked as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Canada, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, and Director for Western Europe at the National Security Council. Wayne has an MPA from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, an MA from Princeton University, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ambassador (ret.) Tom Boyatt entered the Foreign Service in 1959 and retired in 1984 as a career minister. During his career, he served in every cone and at posts in four of the five geographic bureaus. He earned the Department of State’s Heroism Award and AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award for his service. Within AFSA, Boyatt has served as president, vice president and treasurer. He was born in Wyoming, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School. He is married to Maxine Shearwood. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
Ken Kero-Mentz joined the State Department in January 2000 as a member of the 95th A-100 class. He was posted overseas in Rio de Janeiro, Baghdad, Berlin, Colombo, and Erbil, and worked domestically in the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. An econ-coned officer, Ken served as AFSA Post Rep in Berlin where he received the AFSA Post Rep of the Year Award in 2009. He served two tours on the AFSA Governing Board from 2011 to 2015 under the leadership of Susan Johnson and later with Bob Silverman. Prior to joining State, Ken spent five years on Capitol Hill covering a wide-range of legislative issues, including foreign policy. Raised in Vermont, he got his B.A. in International Affairs with a Minor in German, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the George Washington University here in DC. Ken decided to run for the State VP position because he believes strongly in AFSA’s dual mission to defend the Foreign Service and protect Foreign Service employees.
After years of increasingly complex and broad management responsibilities as a Foreign Service executive officer (EXO) at overseas USAID Missions, Ann Posner returned to Washington, D.C., in 2012.
Working with USAID’s Human Capital and Talent Management Office, she helped start the Overseas Human Capital Initiative, strengthening coordination and support for USAID’s overseas personnel, and worked to revise USAID’s telework procedures worldwide.
Ms. Posner served in the Africa Administrative Management Services, dealing with various challenges in the region, including the post-Ebola problems confronting West Africa. She supported overseas posts’ evacuation planning and trained country desk officers. Most recently she served in USAID’s Overseas Management Division.
Overseas, Ms. Posner has served as supervisory executive officer at USAID West Bank and Gaza, and in Bosnia and Albania. She was deputy EXO at USAID Russia.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Posner worked on a personal services contract as deputy EXO and EXO for USAID Czech Republic.
Daniel Crocker is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to his election to the AFSA Governing Board, he was the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, promoting U.S. commercial interests in Spain. Mr. Crocker was the first Director for FCS’s newly created Office of Digital Initiatives, where he led the successful procurement and global implementation of Salesforce to capture all of Commerce’s trade engagement. He was also Commerce’s first Executive Director for Western Hemisphere operations, where he managed 230 officials in 14 countries. Mr. Crocker’s earlier foreign assignments were in Panama, Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. The U.S. Government has given him a Superior Honor Award, two Meritorious Honor Awards, two Commerce Bronze Medals, and two Director General’s Awards.
Mr. Crocker worked in the private sector with Schlumberger, Amsted Rail, Webvan, HomeWarehouse.com, and as an MIT consultant for Hewlett-Packard. He has a BSE from Princeton University, an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and an MS and MBA from MIT, where he was a Leaders for Global Operations fellow. Mr. Crocker is married with two children and has raced bicycles competitively throughout Latin America, the U.S., and France.
Kimberly Svec Sawatzki, a member of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service for more than 20 years, recently finished a 4-year tour as the Agricultural Counselor in Ankara, Turkey. She previously served as Senior Agricultural Attaché in Moscow and as the Agricultural Attaché in Brasilia, and on a detail to the United States Southern Command. She worked in various positions in Washington, D.C., including as the Area Director for Africa and the Middle East in FAS’ Office of Foreign Service Operations, and in the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, the Grain and Feed Division, and the Dairy, Livestock, and Poultry Division. Kim has a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics/International Trade from the University of Illinois, and bachelor’s degrees in Economics, International Affairs, and German from the University of Maine. Kim and her husband have one child. Kim is eager to serve as the AFSA Vice President for FAS in order to advocate on behalf of FAS Foreign Service officers and build strong, sustainable, and compassionate Foreign Service.
John Naland’s 29-year Foreign Service career included service in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico (as principal officer in Matamoros), and Iraq (as leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra). Washington assignments included the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the White House Situation Room, and the Bureau of Human Resources (as director of the Office of Retirement). He was AFSA State vice president from 1999 to 2001 and AFSA president from 2001 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2009. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2015. He is currently president of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation and coordinator of the Foreign Affairs Retirees of Northern Virginia. He is co-author of the third edition of Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service (Georgetown University Press 2017). A former U.S. Army cavalry officer who served in West Germany during the Cold War, he is a graduate of the Army War College. Born in Kansas, he grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University. He is married and has two college-aged daughters. He plans to focus on issues which impact current Foreign Service retirees and which will impact today’s active duty members when they eventually retire.
Lawrence W. K. Casselle joined the State Department as a Diplomatic Security special agent in 2003. Mr. Casselle is currently serving as Deputy Director in the Office of Intelligence Operations & Oversight in the Bureau of Intelligence & Research. Mr. Casselle previously served as the Diplomatic Security branch chief for Overseas Protective Operations, Facilities Protection Division; in the State Department’s Operations Center; on the protective detail for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and in Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office. Mr. Casselle has served in several overseas assignments including United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Belize. Mr. Casselle is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and a 1998 graduate of Hampton University with a bachelor’s in Political Science.
He has previously served on the AFSA Governing Board as a State Representative from 2015-2017 and currently serves on The Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board.
Anne Coleman-Honn is an FS-02 economic-coned officer who has served in four bureaus and across cones. She served most recently as the Political Unit Chief at Embassy Stockholm. As a founding member of the Balancing Act employee organization, she has helped to bring best practices from other parts of the Federal government—such as the voluntary leave bank and an emergency backup care program for dependents—to the State Department. As a member of the AFSA Governing Board, she looks forward to continuing to help employees meet their work and family obligations.
She is part of a tandem couple; she and her husband Aaron Honn have three children.
Josh Glazeroff has 20 years of experience in the Foreign Service. He has served overseas in Santo Domingo, Durban and New Delhi. Domestically, he was Burma desk officer, a career development officer in the Bureau of Human Resources, a senior watch officer in the Operations Center and managed the Office of Fraud Prevention Programs for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. He currently serves as the chief of recruitment outreach for the Department.
Glazeroff was born in Detroit, Michigan; grew up in Newburgh, New York; and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College and a master’s degree in teaching biology from Brown University.
Martin McDowell joined the Foreign Service in 1998 and currently serves as the Deputy Director in the Office for Central European Affairs in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State (EUR/CE). Previous overseas assignments include Slovakia, El Salvador, Moldova and Slovenia. In Washington, Martin also worked as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and as the Desk Officer for Norway and Sweden.
Mr. McDowell received a MA in Education from the University of Alabama in 1996 and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2010. Born and raised in Alabama, Martin and his family now live in Fairfax, Virginia.
Patricia “Tricia” Wingerter is an office management specialist who has served at more than nine posts in three regional bureaus. She is currently a logistical coordinator for the Foreign Service Institute’s Leadership and Management School.
Matthew Hilgendorf is a Commercial Officer with the U.S. Commercial Service, currently assigned to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. Prior to his assignment to the IDB, Matthew supported Department of Commerce work in the South Asia region as principal commercial officer in Kolkata, India and in Washington, D.C., as a member of the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue coordinating team. A native of New Mexico, he is a graduate of American University and the United World College of the Adriatic. He has previously served overseas as commercial attaché in Chile and Mexico, and in the U.S. as an international trade specialist in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Thom Wright joined the Foreign Agricultural Service in 2006 and has served tours in New Delhi and Jakarta. He currently serves as Deputy Director of FAS’s Office of Public Affairs. Thom appreciates the chance to serve as AFSA rep as he believes strong dialogue between management and officers of all levels is essential for a healthy and robust Foreign Service. Thom has a bachelor’s degree in French from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. Thom grew up in Washington state and enjoys cycling when he is not spending time with his wife and two children.
J.J. Hurley joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in 2002. In 2006 he joined the APHIS Foreign Service. He has held overseas assignments in Panama and Guatemala, where he was responsible for overseeing binational and multilateral programs controlling insect pests affecting animal and plant health. Currently, he serves in Washington, D.C. with APHIS’ Trade Support Team, handling sanitary and phytosanitary trade issues for Latin America. Prior to joining APHIS he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. J.J. grew up in a Foreign Service family and gained youthful experience working in several embassies. He and his wife have four children.
Steven L. Herman is the White House bureau chief for the Voice of America. The veteran correspondent has been a member of the Foreign Service since 2007 when he was named as VOA’s South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi. Subsequent to his India posting, Herman was Northeast Asia bureau chief, based in Seoul, and then Southeast Asia bureau chief in Bangkok. He returned Stateside in 2016 to cover diplomacy, based at the State Department, before moving to cover the new administration shortly after the inauguration.
Herman spent 16 consecutive years living in Tokyo, working in media, before joining VOA as a staff correspondent. He is also a former news reporter for the Associated Press and began his career in radio and television news in Las Vegas. Herman is a former president of both the Foreign Correspondents' Club and the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club. He is also a governor of the Overseas Press Club of America. The Cincinnati native is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University and holds a M.A. in Public Diplomacy from Mountain State University.
During 38 years in the Foreign Service, Ambassador (ret.) Al La Porta served as ambassador to Mongolia, political adviser to the commander of NATO forces in Southern Europe, executive director to the special envoy for the Multilateral Assistance Initiative and director of the Office of Cambodian Genocide Investigations. Within AFSA, he was vice president for State and president. La Porta currently serves part-time as a senior shift director in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and advises the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Africa Command and the Joint Staff/J7. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and master’s degrees from New York University and the National War College. In 2008-09, he served as chief of party for Development Alternatives International (DAI) on a USAID project to advise the foreign ministry in Pristina, Kosovo. He was first elected as retiree representative in 2015.
Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. A native of Wooster, Ohio, his interest in food security and international relations was sparked from living in India as a boy where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull's work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promotion, scientific exchange, and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, Philippines, and three postings to China. His final position was Minister Counselor for Agriculture in Beijing.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shull used common goals in improved technology, science-based regulations, food safety standards, and farmer-to-farmer visits to advance broader U.S. diplomatic interests. He reveled in working with other sections of the embassy to expand the reach of USDA programs. He believes that embassies, being among the very few institutions where top experts from diverse fields share office space and a common objective, can epitomize government effectiveness.
Mr. Shull's goal in running for Retiree Representative on AFSA's Governing Board was to use his private sector contacts to promote public support for the Foreign Service, particularly in the heartland; defend the Foreign Service against unjustified resource cuts; help ensure our Foreign Service continues to promote the full range of our traditional diplomatic and economic interest; and create opportunities for retirees to demonstrate the value of the Foreign Service by sharing their knowledge, experience, and insights in universities and other forums.